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Federal Government presents IT Innovation Council members


The 24 members of the Federal Government’s new Information Technology Industry Innovation Council (ITIIC) have been announced.

Welcoming the Council at its first meeting, Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, declared that their advice will be vital to developing a key enabler of Australian innovation with the industry worth $98 billion and directly employing more than 400,000 Australians.

The ITIIC will work in conjunction with the Government’s National Broadband Network to assist innovation through delivering smart technology. It will have a wide strategic agenda, considering innovation within the IT industry itself and also the function of technology in creating innovation across the broader economy.

In his keynote, Council Chair, Mr John Grant, stated that harnessing innovative and entrepreneurial IT talent for the greater benefit of Australian industry, “will be one of the Council’s greatest opportunities.”

Drawing from across the entire IT spectrum, Council members include representatives from industry and suppliers to education and government.

The 24 Council Members are:

Mr John Grant (Chair) – Managing Director, Data#3 Pty Ltd

Mr Glen Boreham – Managing Director, IBM Australian & New Zealand

Mr Michael Clifford – Queensland State Secretary, Finance Sector Union

Prof. Peter Cole – Assoc. Prof. and Dean of School of IT, Murdoch University

Mr Steve Conolly – Vice President, Siemens IT Solutions & Services, Siemens Ltd

Mr Tom Crago – CEO, Tantalus Interactive Pty Ltd

Mr Bob Cupitt – CEO, The Learning Edge International Pty Ltd

Mr Peter Dalton – Group General Manager, Innovation, Australia & New Zealand Banking Group

Ms Belinda Dennett – Adviser, Office of the Minister for Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy (Observer)

Ms Ros Eason – Senior Industrial Officer, Communications Division, Communications Electrical & Plumbing Union

Ms Tracey Fellows – CEO, Microsoft Australia

Ms Mia Garlick – Assistant Secretary, Digital Economy, Dept. of Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy

Dr Graham Hellestrand – CEO, Embedded Systems Technology Inc.

Ms Amanda Heyworth – CEO, Playford Capital Pty Ltd

Ms Anne Hurley – CEO, Communications Alliance

Mr Jan Janssen – Senior Vice President, Design and Development, Cochlear Limited

Mr Paul Kristensen – Executive Chairman, Capital Technologies Pty Ltd

Mr Mike Lawson – General Manager, Competitive Industries Branch, Dept. of Innovation, Industry, Science & Research

Mr Kumar Parakala – President & Chairman, Australian Computer Society

Ms Suzanne Roche – Director, Smartnet Pty Ltd

Mr Neville Stevens AO – Chairman, National ICT Australia (NICTA)

Mr Randall Straw – Deputy Secretary, Dept. of Innovation, Industry & Regional Development, Victoria

Mr Chris Winter – Manager, New Services, ABC Innovation

Dr Alex Zelinsky – Director & Group Executive, CSIRO Information & Communications Technologies Centre